We’ve all heard of it, but do we really understand what Dementia is and what that might mean when applying for a new job in social care?
‘Dementia’ manifests as a collection of symptoms including memory loss, problems with reasoning, perception and communication skills. It can also lead to a reduction in a person's ability to carry out routine activities such as washing, dressing and cooking. There are different types of dementia, but the most common ones are Alzheimer’s Disease and Vascular Dementia.
Find out more about the types of dementia here.
There are over 850,000 people in the UK living with Dementia and it is more common in people over the age of 65. Dementia can also affect younger people. Early onset of the disease can begin when people are in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. With treatment and early diagnosis, you can slow the progression of the disease and maintain mental function.
Find out what it is like to live with Dementia by watching this video: Dementia Inside.
Dementia is a growing concern as we have an ageing population. In 2021, approximately 13 million people were aged 65 or older in the United Kingdom. By 2030, the number of people aged 65 and over will surpass 15 million in the UK.
With the increase in care needs that come with age, the importance of residential care staff having a greater understanding of Dementia is essential. Caring for people living with dementia requires key care qualities, and importantly, an ability to adapt the way you talk and listen as it can affect the way a person communicates. Patience and empathy are really important qualities to bring to this role. Gaining prior knowledge and understanding of Dementia can really impact your ability to offer quality care and make the biggest difference to people’s lives.
The Alzheimer’s Society have an initiative to change people’s perceptions of Dementia and help them have a better understanding of the condition.
You can find out more and sign up to be a Dementia Friend here.
If you are looking for a new role and think dementia care would be of interest this would be a great first step.
Caring for people living with Dementia is a varied, demanding, but more importantly rewarding career. Find yours today on our job board.